DA studying death penalty in dismemberment case

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Garvin County's top prosecutor says he is studying whether to seek the death penalty for an Oklahoma man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-husband, cutting up his body and stuffing the remains into cement-filled buckets.

Justin Hammer has been ordered to stand trial for first-degree murder in the Aug. 7, 2012, death of 32-year-old Brandon Duran. Hammer has pleaded not guilty. First-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.

District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Monday he has not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Mashburn says the case remains under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and other agencies.

Hammer claims he shot Duran after Duran forced his way into his home and threatened him.

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